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Ebenezer named top workplace

Ebenezer Society, which runs Deer Crest senior living community in Red Wing, was named to the Star Tribune's Top 100 Workplaces for the third time and second consecutive year.

It was ranked number 15.

The company's management also received special recognition in the "best of" awards, Ebenezer said.

"At Ebenezer Society, everyone, including top leaders, strives to treat each other with dignity and respect," Mary Swartz, Ebenezer vice president of human resources, said. "When we hire staff, we make sure each person fits well with our culture, and can relate to our values of dignity, integrity, service and compassion."

The rankings are based on employee surveys. The Star Tribune ranked nearly 1,900 organizations that have more than 50 employees. More than 64,300 employees contributed to the survey.

"The companies in the Star Tribune Top 100 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota," Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said.

• Minnesota Chuck & Don's stores, including the one in Red Wing, will raise money for the Minnesota Spay Neuter Assistance Project throughout July.

MN SNAP has a fully equipped mobile veterinary clinic that delivers spay and neuter services to animals in shelters, rescued animals and pets of low-income owners throughout the state. It can help where cost and transportation issues or lack of veterinary services are obstacles to animals' health care, the organization said.

This is the sixth year Chuck & Don's has participated in the fundraiser and awareness campaign.

• The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will be in Red Wing starting today for its annual two-day retreat.

The visit will include a tour of Red Wing Shoes and other community activities.

• Business bankers throughout the Merchants Bank organization completed online training and an intensive three-day workshop on extending credit to small business borrowers, the company said.

"Specifically as it relates to small business, the training helps us to consider other factors than just the balance sheet when it comes to making a loan," senior vice president and credit administration manager Cindy Harrison said. "This makes the loan experience more personal for the customer and the banker, and that's what community banking is all about."

• Confluence Marketing has added Matt Henry and Kelsy Rezansoff to its staff.

The new employees will help respond to new accounts and digital growth, the company said.

Henry will be an account supervisor and Rezansoff will work as a digital media specialist.

Two other employees were promoted. Sherry Jablonski is now creative department manager and Brian Nosan is art director.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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